Monday, October 31, 2011

Put the Facts Together

Sometimes I have trouble putting facts together.  I may know about two facts, but don't think about how they relate to each other.  For instance, I may know that my friend, who is a vegetarian, is coming over for dinner, and I know that I am making chicken enchiladas for dinner.  I know these two facts, but if I don't put them together, then my invited dinner guest will be going home hungry because I made the wrong kind of food. 

As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.  Acts 7:59,60

We need to put the facts together while reading God's Word too. 

If you are familiar with the story of Stephen, you probably know that Saul (later Paul) was present when Stephen was stoned.  Not only was Saul present, but he gave his approval of Stephen's death (Acts 8:1)  And, as we read in the above passage, we know that Stephen prayed for the men who stoned him.  So what do these two facts mean when you put them together?

Stephen prayed for Saul/Paul. 

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
  James 5:16

I would say the change from Saul the persecutor to Paul the missionary was a wonderful result, wouldn't you? 

Who are you earnestly praying for?

Continuing my list of blessings.  This week I am thankful for:
348.  My hard-working hubby
349.  Oldest son's awesome talent on the electric guitar
350.  Empty dishwasher - that I didn't have to clean out
351.  Youngest son grocery shopping with me
352.  Walking into my room and discovering the bed has been made
353.  Being used to minister to 4 different people in one day
354.  Boy and toys
Boys & toys

355.  Fun day at the lake

356.  Being honored by our wonderful church family for Pastor Appreciate Day
357.  Sunday drive which ended with ice cream

Many blessings,

Linking with:
Messy Mondays @ Evatt's Beautiful Mess
Multitudes on Mondays @  A Holy Experience

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  1. wow, Lisa - great thought provoking post
    God bless

  2. Great list and pictures! :)

    When I read through this story recently, I remember having similar thoughts. We need to pray for others, even those that wrong us.

  3. This is the kind of math that changes us. When we take time to ponder, we find the real treasures. Thank you.

  4. Great list today and I love the pictures!

  5. Such a great reminder to always pray... who knows what God has planned for our prayers! Wonderful list of blessings sweet friend :)

  6. Lisa,

    This is great, and I never really thought of it that way before. I have prayed for people but it isn't often that I see the results of my prayers, I think the conversion from Saul to Paul is a pretty awesome one, and it is such a testimony that God does answer our prayers even when we don't see it.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

  7. Great post, Lisa. And I love the pictures too!

  8. Wonderful point Lisa! It's important as we read through Scripture to "connect the dots" if we're to get the full picture.

    Great list! :-)

    Have a Blessed Day!

  9. yes, indeed! great post and lovely pictures. i enjoyed and was blessed by my visit today